London park near Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ newly-purchased home is the first to BAN pinatas because they are bad for the environment
- Party Pinatas have been banned in Myatt’s Fields Park in Camberwell, London
- Volunteers who keep the park clean have highlighted the danger of small debris
- They worry it may be found and ingested by animals or even small children
The party craze of pinatas has been banned in a popular park and branded an environmental hazard.
Smashing up tissue-paper effigies of lions and other creatures has become a must-do pastime at many festivities, with blindfolded children using a stick to release sweets and confetti packed inside.
Celebrities such as Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp have joined in the fun but now London’s Myatt’s Fields Park in Camberwell has become the first to ban the craze because of the mess it leaves.
Myatt’s Field Park has banned pinatas over fears the small debris could be harmful to animals and children if ingested
Signs saying ‘No Littering, No Pinatas,’ have been put up. Eliza Merchan, a spokesman for the charity that runs the 14-acre park, said revellers left ‘colourful bits of paper, sweet wrappers and bits of plastic,’ adding: ‘It has been driving our volunteers nuts’.
But while the themes, which even include Brexit party piñatas, are entertaining revellers, anti-litter groups and park staff are far from amused.
They complain that all the tiny pieces of paper and sweet wrappers being left behind by party-goers present a challenge to clean up.
The park, whose management has been recognised with a Green Flag Award, is run by volunteers from charity Myatt’s Fields Park Project Group (MFPPG) and Lambeth Council.
In May, they put up signs saying ‘No Littering. No Piñatas’.
The park has become the first in the world to ban the use of pinatas within its grounds, which is situated quite close to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ new house
MFPPG spokeswoman Eliza Merchan said: ‘We are a small, family-friendly park and we welcome people coming to celebrate with parties in the park.
‘We have a big team of local volunteers to help keep our award-winning park looking beautiful.
‘But we have had a growing problem with these very trendy piñatas leaving colourful bits of paper, sweet wrappers and bits of plastic in the park.
‘They are so small that they are hard to pick up with litter pickers and have been driving our volunteers nuts.
‘We have had wildlife like birds ingesting things that they shouldn’t and they are a risk to children’s health if they ingest them too.
Charity Keep Britain Tidy also warned that pinatas, which are inspired by Mexican fiestas, pose a litter threat to wildlife. Chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: ‘We’d be worried about plastic wrappers dispersed in public places.’